Favor in the Eyes of The Lord

Completion, fullness, perfection depends on God who has mercy.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

The sayings of my mouth.

Expressions that expose what is in my heart, revealing what I perceive to be truth and wisdom.

The meditation of my heart.

To earnestly, deeply think and to murmur with tenderness, evoking a strong emotional response.

Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7 ESV)

Deep calls to deep

Note Noah’s experience with the deep:

Gen 7:11, 17-8:3 – In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened… The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters… Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died… Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark… But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually. (ESV)

The waters prevailed. Triumphed. To produce or achieve the desired effect.1
Water: figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen.2

Vessels of wrath. Vessels of mercy.
What was the Lord God’s purpose in sending what appears to be such monumental destruction on the earth? Retribution for human failure?

Might we glean a hint of his purpose from what Noah’s father said about Noah upon his birth?

Gen 5:28-29 – When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah [rest, quiet], saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” (ESV)

This one

This one. What revelation did Noah’s father receive? Does “this one” refer only to Noah? Or is there a much greater mystery and promise hidden here in these words and these events? Is there meaning and significance beyond the literal interpretation of this particular event?

This one. Shall bring us relief.

Isa 53:10-12 – Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. (ESV)

Spend time chewing on the revelations of God’s purpose contained in this Scripture text.

The righteous one, my servant
By his knowledge shall make many to be accounted righteous
And he shall bear their iniquities
He bore the sin of many
He makes intercession for the transgressors, for those who quarrel and break away from just authority.

Isa 54:8-10 – In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer. “This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you. For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (ESV)

Vessels of wrath. Vessels of mercy.

This one
This one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.
It was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief
The righteous one, the servant of the Lord.
By his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous
And he shall bear their iniquities
He poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors
Yet he bore the sin of many and makes intercession for the transgressors
“In overflowing anger for a moment, I hid my face from you
But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.
This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth
So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you
My steadfast love shall not depart from you
My covenant of peace shall not be removed.

Pause and contemplate the Lord God’s oaths; the relationship between the waters of Noah no more going over the earth, and the Lord God not being angry with humankind. Deep calls to deep.

Gen 6:8 – Noah [rest, quiet] found favor in the eyes of the Lord. (ESV)

Favor: graciousness, kindness, beauty. To bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; to implore i.e. move to favor by petition. To pitch a tent; to encamp for abode or siege, rest in tent.3

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Isa 30:15 ESV)

Gen 6:9 – …Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. (ESV)

Noah was a righteous man.
Righteous/just: to be, make right. Cleanse. Be, do justice. Be, turn to righteousness.4
Noah was blameless in his generation.
Blameless/perfect: Entire. Integrity, truth. Without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sound, without spot, undefiled, upright, whole.5
Vessel of mercy. State of being. Right. Integrity. Truth. Complete. Perfect. Sound. Undefiled. Whole.

Noah. Rest. Quiet.

Did Noah find favor with God because he worked hard to make himself righteous, just, blameless, perfect and walk with God? Did Noah do something to deserve special treatment? The Bible doesn’t reveal the state of Noah’s family’s souls. Did they do something to deserve to be saved along with Noah?

This one shall bring us relief.

Or was Noah righteous, just, blameless, perfect as he walked with God because God favored him? Was Noah righteous because God moved him to favor by petition? Was Noah righteous because God encamped for abode or siege about him? Was Noah righteous because God rested in the tent that was Noah? Was Noah righteous because he rested in the Lord God? Was Noah righteous because he was quiet in his inner being as he entrusted his circumstances, his life, his destiny, his efforts to the Lord God and his purposes?

Noah walked with God. Noah walked, lived, according to God’s plans. Noah walked, lived, in God’s Spirit. Noah walked, lived, willing to breathe after the Lord God, willing to return to dust/clay in Creator/Potter’s capable hands.

Did God not favor anyone on earth other than Noah in Noah’s day? Does that make God unjust if he gives grace to only one man or one family in all the earth?

Grace

Or did God perhaps give grace to all by favoring this one?

Gen 6:11-19 – Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood…  For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. (ESV)</span?

The earth was corrupt in God’s sight.
Corrupt: To decay, to ruin, batter, cast off, destroy, lose, mar, perish, spill, utterly waste.6
The earth was filled with violence.
Violence: Wrong; unjust gain; cruel, damage, false, injustice, oppressor, unrighteous. Maltreat, make bare, shake off, imagine wrongfully.7

All flesh has corrupted their way on the earth.
Flesh: body, person, the pudenda of a man; nakedness.8

The Lord God said, “I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh, in which is the breath of life…”
Destroy/corrupt: To decay, to ruin, batter, cast off, destroy, lose, mar, perish, spill, utterly waste.6

It depends on God, who has mercy

Vessels of wrath. Vessels of mercy.

How did all the people in Noah’s day who did not ride the waters within the ark experience the deep?

Gen 7:22 – Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. (ESV)

All flesh died.

Rom 9:14-25 – What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? (ESV)

Were Pharaoh and all the people of Egypt only vessels of wrath prepared for destruction and not also vessels of mercy, which God prepared beforehand for glory?

I do not know the Lord

Ex 5:1-3 – Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.'” But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know [to learn with certainty by seeing] the Lord, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.” (ESV)

Ex 9:29-30 – Moses said to him [Pharaoh], “As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will stretch out my hands to the Lord. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the Lord’s. But as for you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the Lord God.” (ESV)

Fear: morally, to revere; cause to frighten.9

Is there a relationship between fear and knowing the Lord God? Is there a relationship between fear and learning with certainty by seeing the Lord God? Is this seeing different from seeing with our physical eyes, experiencing in our outward circumstances and understanding with our reasoning minds?

It seems that the person in the flesh [vessel of wrath] is frightened of the Lord God with the kind of fear that makes one run away, resist, oppose, or fight him. But the person in the Spirit fears him through awe and reverence. Perhaps we are especially ignorant and living in illusion and denial if we don’t have the sense to be frightened of the Lord God.

Who is the Lord?” Pharaoh asked.
I do not know the Lord.

“You do not yet fear the Lord,” responded Moses. Would Pharaoh come to know both types of fear of the Lord?

How does one learn to know and fear the Lord?

Ps 130:4 – But with you [Lord God] there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. (ESV)

Pause and consider the relationship between forgiveness and fearing the Lord.

What effect does the fear of the Lord God have on us?

Prov 16:6 – By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil. (ESV)

My steadfast love shall not depart from you
My covenant of peace shall not be removed
Says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Your iniquity is atoned for
I have forgiven you
So that you will fear me
And turn away from evil.

Covenant: in the sense of cutting; to create; qualified to choose, create, cut down, dispatch, do, make fat, feed, render clear; a formative process, helping to shape, develop or mold.10

Rom 9:16 – So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (ESV)

John 6:63-65 – It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” (ESV)

So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy

The favor of God

What does the favor of God look like? What does the mercy of God look like?

Job 36:15 – He rescues suffering people through their suffering, and he opens their ears through distress. (MSG)

How did all of those who died in the floodwaters of Noah’s day experience God’s favor and mercy?

1 Peter 3:17-22 – For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. (ESV)

Suffer.
Two causes of suffering.
It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will
Suffer.
For doing evil.
No one escapes suffering based on their goodness.
Suffer.
For Christ also suffered once for sins
The righteous for the unrighteous
That he might bring us to God
He might bring: to lead towards, to conduct near, summon, present, to approach, draw near, drive, induce, carry, keep, lead away, be open.11
Being put to death in the flesh

Flesh: the body as opposed to the soul or spirit, or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred, or human nature with its frailties [physically or morally] and passions.12

Being put to death in the flesh. Being put to death in the body as opposed to the soul or spirit.
Being put to death in the flesh
But!
But made alive in the spirit
In the spirit Christ went and proclaimed to the spirits

Spirit: a current of air, i.e. breath blast or a breeze, divine, Holy Spirit; human soul, vital principle.13
In the spirit Christ went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison

Prison: a guarding, the person, the place, the condition, the time; cage, hold, ward, watch. Through the idea of isolation; to watch, be on guard, by implication to preserve, obey, avoid; an offshoot, kindred, tribe, a sprout, leaf.14

They formerly did not hear intelligently

Because they formerly
Because they formerly did not obey
Did not obey: to disbelieve willfully and perversely. Unpersuadable. Obstinately resisting authority.15
Because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah
Patience/longsuffering: forbearance, fortitude, with long enduring temper, i.e. leniently; passion, as if breathing hard.15
Because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah
Wait: to expect fully; to accept from source, i.e. to await. To receive. To have offered to one.16

Made alive in the spirit. In the spirit, Jesus Christ went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey [when they were still in the flesh], when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body [flesh] but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

A good conscience. Coperception. To see completely. To understand. Become aware. To be conscious or clandestinely informed of.17

Co-perception

Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Does the Lord God ever stop waiting to be gracious to those living by injustice, injury, fraud, violence and distress? Does the Lord God, our Creator/Potter, ever fail to return us to dust, re-create us, and cause us to rise again through the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Grace. Co-perception. To be conscious, clandestinely informed, Spirit to spirit communion, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Wait. To expect fully. To receive. To have offered to one. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“…no one can come to me [Jesus Christ] unless it is granted him by the Father.”

Is there a single lump of clay which God did not design for both honored and dishonorable use? Is there a single lump of clay in which God did not design a vessel of wrath [flesh] prepared for destruction in order to make known the riches of his glory for a vessel of mercy [spirit], which he has prepared beforehand for glory?

Have you learned to discern from which vessel the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart originate?

Testimonials regarding the favor of the Lord God

Rom 3:23-24 – Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. (MSG)

The apostle Paul described his experience this way: But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me… (Gal 1:15-16 ESV)

For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!  “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Rom 11:32-36 ESV)

The apostle Peter advises: And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10 ESV)

Who is the Creator/Potter that I call God?
Who is the dust/clay [human being] that I call me?

What is the relationship between Creator/Potter and dust/clay?

The apostle Paul described his relationship this way: For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God [vessel of wrath]. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me [vessel of mercy]. (1 Cor 15:9-10 ESV)

Rom 9:16 – So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (ESV)

Phil 2:12-13 – Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (ESV)

It depends on God, who has mercy.
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
For it is God
For it is God who works in you
Both to will and to work
For his good pleasure.
With the Lord there is forgiveness
That you may fear him
By the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil
By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for

Completion, fullness, perfection depends on God who has mercy. Being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit!

Interact with the words of Scripture through deep, careful study.

Read the Lord God’s words. Read slowly. Read reflectively. Not just with your mind but with your heart and spirit. Let his words sink in. Ruminate upon his words. Take from them what he wants to give to you.

Meditate. Experience the word of Scripture bodily by moaning, growling, uttering, speaking aloud each word, syllable by syllable. Experience the words of Scripture expressing the longing and desire and hope in the depth of your own soul. Become acquainted with your longing. Anticipate that your soul’s longing will be satisfied, its hunger will be filled with good things, and it will be healed and made complete again. Let the inspired word of God arouse feelings of awe.

Respond by setting your thoughts and emotions aside and letting your heart speak to God without words.

Then move beyond logic and reason; move from head to heart to spirit.

Simply rest in God’s words. Listen to God at the deepest level of your inner being. Listen as Love speaks with a still small voice that moves you to silence and an ever-deepening listening in which the Word becomes active and alive in you, gradually transforming you from within.18

2 Cor 13:14 – the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, [is] with you all! Amen. (YLT)

Contemplate. Sit quietly without thinking, without murmuring. Simply be. Become conscious of your companions. Longing for you. Your longing for them.

Stay in this place of rest and fellowship for as long as you can.

When finished, select just one word or phrase and carry it with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Let it soak deep into your soul. Tomorrow meditate on the entire text again. Select the same word or phrase or a different one to carry with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Do this practice every day. Let God’s Word begin to fill your soul with good things.

I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it. (Ps 119:15-16 MSG)

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8 ESV)

I encourage you to look for ways and practices to help you become aware of Holy Spirit and to relinquish all that you have and all that you are to Holy Spirit’s convicting, enlightening, restorative ministrations.

Do you regularly focus on your soul’s condition and needs as you do your body’s condition and needs? Your soul is dependent upon the steady flow of the breath of the Almighty just as your physical body is dependent upon breath to prosper and flourish.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Focus intently on your breath to the exclusion of all else.

Inhale deeply.
Exhale deeply.

Become aware of the condition of your soul.
Pour out your soul.
Pour out your soul to death.
Death of flesh; ego, self-will, refusal to submit to just authority, idols, vanity, nothingness

Begin by paying attention to the sayings of your mouth.

Speak openly and honestly to the Lord God. What are you afraid to pour out of your soul to death? What thoughts, desires, treasures, dreams… are you unwilling to let go? Express aloud and/or write down your thoughts, fears, questions, desires… God already knows what’s in your heart/soul/mind, but you may not until you work at getting honest with yourself and with God.

Express aloud or write down what you know about God, his/her character, words, ways, works, purposes, justice, thoughts about you…

Now examine the meditation of your heart.

Meditation is an exercise/experience in which the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart can be corrected or affirmed in the light of God’s words which reveal who God is and who you are; what God is doing and what you are doing; how God is doing it and how you are doing it regarding life. Do you find harmony or discord?

Inhale deeply.
Exhale.
Become aware of your breath.
It is the spirit in you, the breath of the Almighty, that gives you understanding.

See.
Deep into your heart and mind, the dark nooks and crannies that you avoid.
See.
Wrong. Violence. False. Injustice. Wrongful imagination.
See.
Pour out your soul to death.
Make bare.
Return to dust.
To decay. To ruin. To cast off. To destroy. To utterly waste.
All flesh died. The vessel of wrath.

See.
Surrender.
Lie at rest as in death. Idleness.
In complete dependence on God.
His mercy.
God’s favor.
It depends not on your will or exertion.
But on God, who has mercy.
Rest.

Wait.
Sense calm tranquility envelop you.
Peace.
Be still.
Blessed [happy] are all those who wait for him.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
By the grace of God
By the favor of God
By the mercy of God
By divine influence upon your heart
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
For it is God who works in you
Both to will and to work
For his good pleasure.

This one
Shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.

This one
It was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief

This one
By his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous

This one
He shall bear their iniquities

This one
He poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors

This one
He bore the sin of many and makes intercession for those who rebel,
He makes intercession for those who ignorantly or willfully seek independence from just authority

This one

“In overflowing anger for a moment, I hid my face from you
But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.
“This is like the days of Noah to me:
As I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth
So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you.
My steadfast love shall not depart from you
My covenant of peace shall not be removed.

This one

God’s favor
It depends not on your will or exertion.
But on God, who has mercy.
With the Lord there is forgiveness
That you may fear him
By the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil
By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for

This one
Rest in this one.

Deep calls to deep.
Surrender to the Spirit of God. Wind. Breath. Exhalation. Life.
Wait: be patient, hope, be pained, stay, tarry, trust.
Anticipate.
Bask in silence and wholeness in the presence of Grace, Love, Fellowship.

Now surrender in contemplation.

This is where you’ve gone as far as you can go with your body, mind, and will. This is where you let go and allow God. This is where Holy Spirit works with your spirit to reconcile God and you, what God is doing and what you are doing, how God is doing it and how you are doing it regarding life. Experience harmony, your spirit and God’s Spirit in communion.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Wait in silence. In focused anticipation.
Stay in this position of stillness, silence and anticipation for as long as you can. Simply be. At rest in this one.
Close your eyes.

When ready,
Breathe in
Breathe out
Rise

Rise as you rest in this one, who has mercy. This one. Favoring you. Making you complete. Filling and satisfying your deepest soul longings. A good conscience. Awareness. Seeing. Residing in you. Teaching, guiding, leading, equipping, loving, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This one.

Rise to live as he reveals who you really are, his praise in your mouth continually, his word the ceaseless meditation of your heart through complete dependence on the breath of the Almighty, moment by moment!

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

 

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. (2 Tim 4:22 ESV)

 

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Resources/For deeper study:

1Webster’s New World Dictionary, Third College Edition

2Water: OT:4325 <START HEBREW><y!m^<END HEBREW> mayim (mah’-yim); dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

3Favor: OT:2580 <START HEBREW>/j@<END HEBREW> chen (khane); from OT:2603; graciousness, i.e. subjective (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty):

OT:2603 <START HEBREW>/n^j*<END HEBREW> chanan (khaw-nan’); a primitive root [compare OT:2583]; properly, to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to implore (i.e. move to favor by petition):

OT:2583 <START HEBREW>hn*j*<END HEBREW> chanah (khaw-naw’); a primitive root [compare OT:2603]; properly, to incline; by implication, to decline (of the slanting rays of evening); specifically, to pitch a tent; gen. to encamp (for abode or siege): KJV – abide (in tents), camp, dwell, encamp, grow to an end, lie, pitch (tent), rest in tent. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

4Righteous/just: OT:6662 <START HEBREW>qyD!x^<END HEBREW> tsaddiyq (tsad-deek’); from OT:6663; just:

OT:6663 <START HEBREW>qd^x*<END HEBREW> tsadaq (tsaw-dak’); a primitive root; to be (causatively, make) right (in a moral or forensic sense): KJV – cleanse, clearself, (be, do) just (-ice, -ify, -ifyself), (be turn to) righteous (-ness). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

5Blameless/perfect: OT:8549 <START HEBREW><ym!T*<END HEBREW> tamiym (taw-meem’); from OT:8552; entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth: KJV – without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly), whole.

OT:8552 <START HEBREW><m^T*<END HEBREW> tamam (taw-mam’); a primitive root; to complete, in a good or a bad sense, literal, or figurative, transitive or intransitive (as follows): KJV – accomplish, cease, be clean [passed-], consume, have done, (come to an, have an, make an) end, fail, come to the full, be all gone,  be all here, be (make) perfect, be spent, sum, be (shewself) upright, be wasted, whole. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

6Corrupt: OT:7843 <START HEBREW>tj^v*<END HEBREW> shachath (shaw-khath’); a primitive root; to decay, i.e. (causatively) ruin (literally or figuratively): KJV – batter, cast off, corrupt (-er, thing), destroy (-er, -uction), lose, mar, perish, spill, spoiler,  utterly, waste (-r). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

7Violence: OT:2555 <START HEBREW>sm*j*<END HEBREW> chamac (khaw-mawce’); from OT:2554; violence; by implication, wrong; by meton. unjust gain: KJV – cruel (-ty), damage, false, injustice, oppressor, unrighteous, violence (against, done), violent (dealing), wrong.

OT:2554 <START HEBREW>sm^j*<END HEBREW> chamac (khaw-mas’); a primitive root; to be violent; by implication, to maltreat: KJV – make bare, shake off, violate, do violence, take away violently, wrong, imagine wrongfully. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

8Flesh: OT:1320 <START HEBREW>rc*B*<END HEBREW> basar (baw-sawr’); from OT:1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphem.) the pudenda of a man: KJV – body, [fat, lean] flesh [-ed], kin, [man-] kind,  nakednessself,, skin. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

9Fear: OT:3372 <START HEBREW>ar@y*<END HEBREW> yare’ (yaw-ray’); a primitive root; to fear; morally, to revere; caus. to frighten: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

10Covenant: OT:1285 <START HEBREW>tyr!B=<END HEBREW> beriyth (ber-eeth’); from OT:1262 (in the sense of cutting [like OT:1254]); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): -confederacy, [con-] feder [-ate], covenant, league.

OT:1262 <START HEBREW>hr*B*<END HEBREW> barah (baw-raw’); a primitive root; to select; also (as denominative from OT:1250) to feed; also (as equivalent to OT:1305) to render clear (Eccl 3:18):

OT:1254 <START HEBREW>ar*B*<END HEBREW> bara’ (baw-raw’); a primitive root; (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes): -choose, create (creator), cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

11He might bring: NT:4317 <START GREEK>prosa/gw<END GREEK> prosago (pros-ag’-o); from NT:4314 and NT:71; to lead towards, i.e. (transitively) to conduct near (summon, present), or (intransitively) to approach: KJV – bring, draw near.

NT:71 <START GREEK>a&gw<END GREEK> ago (ag’-o); a primary verb; properly, to lead; by implication, to bring, drive, (reflexively) go, (specially) pass (time), or (figuratively) induce: KJV – be, bring (forth), carry, (let) go, keep, lead away, be open. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

12Flesh: NT:4561 <START GREEK>sa/rc<END GREEK> sarx (sarx); probably from the base of NT:4563; flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e. (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul [or spirit], or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties [physically or morally] and passions), or (specifically) a human being (as such): KJV – carnal (-ly,  -ly minded), flesh ([-ly]). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

13Spirit: NT:4151 <START GREEK>pneu=ma<END GREEK> pneuma (pnyoo’-mah); from NT:4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit: KJV – ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare NT:5590.

NT:4154 <START GREEK>pne/w<END GREEK> pneo (pneh’-o); a primary word; to breathe hard, i.e. breeze: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

14Prison: NT:5438 <START GREEK>fulakh/<END GREEK> phulake (foo-lak-ay’); from NT:5442; a guarding or (concretely, guard), the act, the person; figuratively, the place, the condition, or (specifically) the time (as a division of day or night), literally or figuratively: KJV – cage, hold, (im-) prison (-ment), ward, watch.

NT:5442 <START GREEK>fula/ssw<END GREEK> phulasso (foo-las’-so); probably from NT:5443 through the idea of isolation; to watch, i.e. be on guard (literally of figuratively); by implication, to preserve, obey, avoid: KJV – beward, keep (self), observe, save. Compare NT:5083.

NT:5443 <START GREEK>fulh/<END GREEK> phule (foo-lay’); from NT:5453 (compare NT:5444); an offshoot, i.e. race or clan: KJV – kindred, tribe.

NT:5444 <START GREEK>fu/llon<END GREEK> phullon (fool’-lon); from the same as NT:5443; a sprout, i.e. leaf: KJV – leaf. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

15Obey: NT:544 <START GREEK>a)peiqe/w<END GREEK> apeitheo (ap-i-theh’-o); from NT:545; to disbelieve (wilfully and perversely): KJV – not believe, disobedient, obey not, unbelieving.

NT:545 <START GREEK>a)peiqh/$<END GREEK> apeithes (ap-i-thace’); from NT:1 (as a negative particle) and NT:3982; unpersuadable, i.e. contumacious:

NT:3982 <START GREEK>pei/qw<END GREEK> peitho (pi’-tho); a primary verb; to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy, to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively, to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty): KJV – agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) confident, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

16Patience/longsuffering: NT:3115 <START GREEK>makroqumi/a<END GREEK> makrothumia (mak-roth-oo-mee’-ah); from the same as NT:3116; longanimity, i.e. (objectively) forbearance or (subjectively) fortitude: KJV – longsuffering, patience.

NT:3116 <START GREEK>makroqumw/$<END GREEK> makrothumos (mak-roth-oo-moce’); adverb of a compound of NT:3117 and NT:2372; with long (enduring) temper, i.e. leniently:

NT:2372 <START GREEK>qumo/$<END GREEK> thumos (thoo-mos’); from NT:2380; passion (as if breathing hard): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

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17Conscience: NT:4893 <START GREEK>sunei/dhsi$<END GREEK> suneidesis (soon-i’-day-sis); from a prolonged form of NT:4894; coperception, i.e. moral consciousness: KJV – conscience.

NT:4894 <START GREEK>sunei/dw<END GREEK> suneido (soon-i’-do); from NT:4862 and NT:1492; to see completely; used (like its primary) only in two past tenses, respectively meaning to understand or become aware, and to be conscious or (clandestinely) informed of: KJV – consider, know, be privy, be ware of. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

18Wait: NT:553 <START GREEK>a)pekde/xomai<END GREEK> apekdechomai (ap-ek-dekh’-om-ahee); from NT:575 and NT:1551; to expect fully: KJV – look (wait) foreign

NT:1551 <START GREEK>e)kde/xomai<END GREEK> ekdechomai (ek-dekh’-om-ahee); from NT:1537 and NT:1209; to accept from some source, i.e. (by implication) to await: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

NT:1537 <START GREEK>e)k<END GREEK> ek (ek) or ex (ex); a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote):

NT:1209 <START GREEK>de/xomai<END GREEK> dechomai (dekh’-om-ahee); middle voice of a primary verb; to receive (in various applications, literally or figuratively): KJV – accept, receive, take. Compare NT:2983.

NT:2983 <START GREEK>lamba/nw<END GREEK> lambano (lam-ban’-o); a prolonged form of a primary verb, which is use only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [properly objective or active, to get hold of; whereas NT:1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while NT:138 is more violent, to seize or remove]): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew

19Lectio Divina as described by the 12th century Carthusian monk called Guigo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guigo_II

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